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An excellent condition Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. This instrument is an enhanced Boehm model with 7 rings, which usefully allows for a forked Eb/Bb in the Left Hand. The matching serial numbers are F103390 which date to 1968, this period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. Total manufacture of all professional models averaged 2000-3000 per year, which contasts sharply with the current 80,000 a year. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood, which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range, please go to for more details. Certainly this instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture.
The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Grenadilla wood is crack and repair free, indeed in excellent condition throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine, which is testament to the quality of older Buffet plating. All pieces are original with matching Buffet stamps. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in ebonite in good condition. The case is a modern Buffet of rucksack type in very good condition.